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Too Slim and the Taildraggers / Press

"One of the finest original Blues Rock trios performing today."

"One of the finest original Blues Rock trios performing today."

"One of the finest original Blues Rock trios performing today." - Brian Owens, Blues Review Magazin

“Blue Heart-Too Slim and the Taildraggers "This is the release I have been waiting for. Just got it yesterday and have been blasting through the new home in South Carolina for every box, chair, guitar, and pot or pan. This is the music of life! Wonderful!" - Chef Jimi Patricola, Blues 411 - See more at: http://www.tooslim.org/content/reviews#sthash.2B1KwxLw.dpuf”

“Way beyond me is Tim “Too Slim” Langford who has creative vision to hear songs that do not yet exist. Slim begins hearing music in its embryonic stage and eventually knows what a song should sound like before it is ever recorded...Shiver, with its 12 original songs is Langford’s most fully realized and most ambitious project yet.”

“The latest, Shiver, on Underworld Records, showcases not only his superb guitar playing, but his depth as a performer and writer as well....As a slide player, Tim could easily stand on his own merits, but his songs up the ante considerably, putting him in a class by himself.”

“(Tim Langford) might be a hard charging, guitar slinging, blues rocker, but he paid attention to the lyrical skills of the greats and learned his lessons well. With sharper lyrics that you would normally expect from a boogie band, everything about this cat cuts to the chase and cuts to the quick. You can bet guitar slinging fans will come for the licks but stay for the words. A killer high water mark (Blue Heart) in a career that normally feels like a mighty river.”

“The first four bars of opening track “Wash My Hands,” announce the return of Too Slim and the Taildraggers with a muscular one, two, three punch of gritty guitar, snapping snare drum and thundering bass. Standouts among the southern fried roots and blues are the swampy shuffle of the title track, the rock redemption of “When Whiskey Was My Friend,” and the fore mentioned “Wash My Hands,” with its infectious riff. Langford hands over the vocals reigns to Jimmy Hall who shines on the soul ballad “Good To See You Smile Again,” trading sweet guitar leads with him while Reese Wynans lays down the classic Hammond organ that he is famous for. A Too Slim record wouldn’t be complete without a slide guitar feature and so for this one he chose “Preacher,” from fellow bottleneck man Ross Simmons, adding a hundred watts of power to this tale of fire and brimstone. After all the rocking out Langford ends the album with the acoustic based, world music infused “Angels Are Back"”

“Well you’ve been waiting for something new from Too Slim and the Taildraggers, and here it is! Blue Heart will rock your head off! After 11 studio and five live albums, Too Slim still delivers scorching, heart-felt blues and rock, for our more than appreciative ears. Fresh, new, and hardcore! Opening up with "Wash My Hands" in the muddy Mississippi to the last cut "Angels Are Back," Too Slim and the Taildraggers deliver a feast for our ears. With 11 cuts, you will not be disappointed with any of them. The more I listen to it the better I like it. I love the tempo of the band. Nobody gets in the way, and Slim must need a new fret job in his guitar after every gig. I mean he must have to apply Freon to cool that thing off. Playing great stuff since 1986, this is an EXCELLENT CD! Don’t let the summer go by without checking out this one. I’m glad this stuff is still around, and coming out of the Earth to feed us.”

“Following on from last year's much acclaimed Shiver, Tim "Too Slim" Langford, master songwriter, guitarist, slide player, and singer is back. Look out, he is back big time with an album bursting at the seams with a who's who of the best Nashville has to offer. Nashville is written all over this Blues/Rock album but that is a great thing because the marriage of "Too Slim" to the sound is perfect. Not only does this album drive it along, Tim shines on the Bluesy ballads "Good To See You Smile Again" (stunning, stunning, stunning with a lovely touch of keys to add to the moodiness), "New Years Blues", "Preacher" (richly enhanced by Tim's slide), and "Angels Are Back." This is a faultless album that has absolutely no filler tracks and as such we can play any track whatsoever knowing our listeners will dig it. "Too Slim" Langford always delivers the goods. Radio Blues fans demand the best so we play the Too Slim and the Taildraggers.”

"Blue Heart" is the title track off of Too Slim and the Taildragger’s new record. Jimmy Hall’s voice and harp blowing is smooth and smoky in the same breathe. The blues is not a style of music, it’s an emotion, and these guys have that sentiment in their back pocket. The equation in this track is all right, the tremolo guitar, over-driven vocal, and that organ sound through a Leslie-drive rhythm guitar...hell yes, that Leslie sound! I dare you to listen to this and not at the very least snap your fingers along, never mind break into a full blown blues seizure. This is the kind of thing I think of when I think Chicago blues joint. It has a nice amount of grit and dirt on the track, but still maintains that velvety smooth blues feel. Let’s all nod our heads, sip our 2 fingers of bourbon in the smoky bar of life and tip our hats to this band. Good to see the blues is still alive and well.